The Rockford School District received its report card from the state about academic achievement and the grades are not good.
Twenty-three schools were on the state's academic watch list last year and this year there are 32 schools in the Rockford School District that have more than 50 percent of their students failing the Illinois Scholastic Aptitude Test, placing Rockford’s educational system among the state's worst.
Former school board member Ted Biondo talking about the latest report cards the Rockford School District received from the state. A No Child Left Behind policy he says is not working.
Of those 32 schools, Washington Magnet had nearly 73 percent of their students fail a test that measures their ability in subjects like math reading and science.
And Montessori saw the number of students who passed the test there decline by nearly 14 percent, numbers that have outraged parents.
But some experts believe that parents should blame themselves for the continued decline in student achievement.
Bliss says he recommends moving money from secondary education to the elementary levels to give kids a fighting chance.
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